Organization verified reports that a protester was injured by police
Amnesty International verified evidence of the use of a machine gun against peaceful demonstrators in Myanmar (Burma).
According to a press release from the organization, evidence suggests that a 19-year-old woman was injured when she was shot in the head by the police using a local submachine gun. This contradicts statements by the Myanmar military leadership that the security forces did not carry lethal weapons..
“The serious injuries sustained by this young woman were caused by the Myanmar police who fired live ammunition directly at the peaceful demonstrators,” said Sam Dubberly, head of Amnesty International’s Crisis Evidence Laboratory. According to him, the materials checked by the organization show that “the police thoughtlessly targeted the protesters, not respecting their life or safety.”. “The abhorrent use of lethal force against protesters is illegal and requires an independent, thorough and prompt investigation,” he added..
“Amnesty International demands an immediate end to the unnecessary and excessive use of force by the Myanmar security forces. As long as the protests continue, it is vital that the right of people to peacefully express their grievances is respected. Security forces must also ensure the safety of journalists, other observers from the public, as well as outsiders, ”the organization said in a statement..
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